Beginnings and Endings

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I’m actually pretty good at tending to plants, but I noticed most of our orchids were either dead or down to just leaves. Perhaps later this year they’ll spring back to life again – – a few of them, anyway – – but it got me to thinking about the contrast between how things begin (like when you are given the orchid by a friend) and how it winds up (a few months later). Life is like that in a lot of ways – – the idealized beginning versus the eventually reality.